South Shore Cultural Center

  • 7059 S. South Shore Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60649 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Andrea Adams
  • Park Phone: (773) 256-0149

Located in the South Shore community, South Shore Cultural Center (formerly the South Shore Country Club) is a cultural facility that has been recognized as a Chicago Landmark (2004) and is also listed on the National Register (1975). This cultural haven was founded in 1905 and later rebuilt in 1916. Bought by the Chicago Park District in 1975, this historic building was restored as a historic landmark after a massive community campaign led by the Chicago Park District and historic preservationists. South Shore Cultural Center totals 64.50 acres. With its magnificent country club-like interior,this facility features a solarium, formal dining hall, Paul Robeson Theater, Washburne Culinary Institute, and the Parrot Cage Restaurant. Green features of the park include a nature sanctuary and a butterfly garden. Outside, the park offers a nine-hole golf course, beach, and open spaces for picnics and walks. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our solarium, dining room, theater, and fields. Park-goers can participate in variety of cultural programs and classes for all ages in dance, music, art, health, culinary arts, fitness, and more. South Shore has recently added new adult art classes including textile art, drawing & painting, mixed media art, and ceramics. 

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, South Shore Cultural Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

South Shore Cultural Center Arts Partners:

As the gem of the South Lakefront, South Shore Cultural Center is proud to offer a variety of culturally rich programs to the surrounding community. These programs would not be possible without the successful partnerships that have been nurtured with the following organizations. For more information about these partnerships and programs, call the South Shore Cultural Center.

Country Western Line Dance: (773.933.1951), Triple H. Productions: (773) 768-6276, Steppin: National Steppers Society, (312) 259-1443, Ballet & Jazz: Iona Calhoun, (312) 493-5698,       Hatha Yoga: Jamila Onyeali, (773) 493-4840 - Sheelah Muhammad, (773) 752-5289, Ceramics: Talonna Sharp, (773) 256-0946, Chicago Music Association Branch No. 1: Barbara Wright-Pryor, (773) 721-3210,  Cooking classes: Washburne Culinary Institute, (773) 602-5487 

South Shore Beach

South Shore Beach is part of the South Shore Cultural Center, which is considered to be the jewel of the neighborhood. The site is a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a pool, and an elaborate, refurbished clubhouse. The clubhouse is surrounded by the golf course, and sits back from the beach area. The site also has a circular beach house with concessions, restrooms, and showers, and it is located just to the east of the clubhouse on the beach. As of 2001, South Shore also has its own Nature Sanctuary, and visitors can walk along a boardwalk near the beach, and observe the emerging sand dunes, a small wetland, prairie landscape, and a variety of wildlife in the area.

History

The South Shore Cultural Center, a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a bathing beach, and an impressive building, originated as the South Shore Country Club. In 1905, Lawrence Heyworth, president of the downtown Chicago Athletic Club, envisioned an exclusive club with a "country setting." Heyworth selected unimproved south lakefront property, often used for fishing and duck hunting, for the new country club.

The club's directors hired architects Marshall and Fox, later known for designing many of Chicago's most luxurious hotel and apartment buildings, including the Drake Hotel. For inspiration, Heyworth provided a photograph of an old private club in Mexico City, but asked the architects to exclude expensive embellishments. As the club could not yet collect dues, work had to proceed quickly and inexpensively. To this end, members Marshall Field and A. Montgomery Ward lent their store delivery wagons to transport turf, sod, and trees. Mr. Worcester, Vice-President of the Peoples Gas Company, put in lighting for the grounds and clubhouse.

Enjoying immediate success and social importance, South Shore Country Club quickly outgrew its facilities. Marshall and Fox were hired to build a new clubhouse, incorporating the original ballroom. Constructed in 1916, the larger and more substantial reinforced concrete building, like the original, was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style. The country club's membership peaked in the late 1950s. Simultaneously, many African-Americans began settling in South Shore. Because the private club excluded black members, it went out of business in the 1970s.

In 1974, the Chicago Park District purchased the property to expand its lakefront facilities. The park district planned to demolish the severely-deteriorated clubhouse. However, community members rallied together to save the historic building. Rehabilitating the clubhouse as a cultural center in the late 1970s, the park district has since restored other historic features including the front colonnade, entry gate and stables.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

South Shore Art Gallery

South Shore Art Gallery

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Beach

South Shore Beach

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr. (71st St. @ Lake Michigan)

Notes: Distance swimming is from south end rocks to trees at north end of beach, parallel to shore at boat line

South Shore Bird Santuary

South Shore Bird Santuary

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Drive

Notes: South Shore Bird Santuary

South Shore Community Garden

South Shore Community Garden

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

South Shore Cultural Center

South Shore Cultural Center

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Beach

South Shore Beach

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Drive

Notes: South Shore Beach

South Shore Garden

South Shore Garden

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Notes: South Shore Cultural Center Formal & Herb Garden

South Shore Golf Facility

South Shore Golf Facility

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Auditorium

South Shore Auditorium

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Clubroom

South Shore Clubroom

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Picnic Grove

South Shore Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Prairie and Grassland

South Shore Prairie and Grassland

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Notes: South Shore Cultural Center

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at South Shore 94143Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$300.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Advanced Partnership at South Shore Cancelled105134PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 10 but less than 14y 1m Coed2015/04/04 19:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$300.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at South Shore 105128PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/11 15:00From April 11, 2015 to June 20, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$250.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at South Shore 105130PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9y 1m Coed2015/04/11 16:15From April 11, 2015 to June 20, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$250.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at South Shore 105135PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/04/04 19:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$300.00
Ballet - Intermediate Partnership at South Shore 105133PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 12y 1m Coed2015/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$250.00
Ceramics at South Shore 105564InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$51.00
Conditioning at South Shore 105652InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$21.00
Dance - Jazz at South Shore 105719InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2015/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$51.00
Dance - Modern Partnership at South Shore 105129PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 14 but less than 21Coed2015/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$135.00
Dance - Tap at South Shore 105750InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/04/11 15:30From April 11, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$51.00
Drawing & Painting at South Shore 105796InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$51.00
Fitness Boot Camp at South Shore 105890InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at South Shore 105891InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/04 15:15From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$17.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 122069PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$170.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 122070PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2015/04/04 16:45From April 4, 2015 to June 13, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 1:15pm
$170.00
Mixed Media Arts at South Shore 122065InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$51.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Fitness Boot Camp at South Shore 106620InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 14:15From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$10.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at South Shore 107002InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$102.00
Small Group Personal Training at South Shore 107451InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2015 to May 2, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at South Shore 107450InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/09 16:30From May 9, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at South Shore 107669InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Textile Arts at South Shore 122066InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$51.00
Yoga Partnership at South Shore 108421PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga21 and upCoed2015/04/07 16:00From April 7, 2015 to June 9, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$80.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at South Shore 118057PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/07/11 15:00From July 11, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$150.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at South Shore 118058PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/27 20:30From June 27, 2015 to July 11, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$150.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at South Shore 118061PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/07/11 14:00From July 11, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$120.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at South Shore 118059PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/06/27 16:00From June 27, 2015 to July 11, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$150.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at South Shore 118060PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/06/27 19:00From June 27, 2015 to July 11, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$150.00
Cooking Camp at South Shore 131451CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/08/10 13:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$135.00
Cooking Camp at South Shore 118294CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 13:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$135.00
Cultural Camp at South Shore 118306CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$305.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 118314PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/07/19 22:00From July 19, 2015 to August 16, 2015
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6pm
$50.00
Dance Camp at South Shore 118325CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$305.00
Early Bird Camp at South Shore 118550CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 12:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 10am
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 10am
Each Friday from 7:30am to 10am
$95.00
Extended Camp at South Shore 118630CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$95.00
Fitness Boot Camp at South Shore 119031InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at South Shore 119032InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/20 15:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, August 1, 2015
$17.00
Late Summer Camp at South Shore 119454CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 13:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$95.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 131452PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2015/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$170.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 131453PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2015/06/20 16:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$170.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at South Shore 121545InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/20 14:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$10.00
Photography Camp at South Shore 120806CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$305.00
Play Camp at South Shore 120877CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 14:00From June 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
$135.00
Small Group Personal Training at South Shore 121013InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/20 16:30From June 20, 2015 to July 18, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at South Shore 121014InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/25 16:30From July 25, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, August 1, 2015
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at South Shore 121127InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/15 23:15From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Theater Camp at South Shore 121394CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$305.00
Yoga Partnership at South Shore 121551PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/07/07 16:00From July 7, 2015 to July 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$80.00

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Located in the South Shore community, South Shore Cultural Center (formerly the South Shore Country Club) is a cultural facility that has been recognized as a Chicago Landmark (2004) and is also listed on the National Register (1975). This cultural haven was founded in 1905 and later rebuilt in 1916. Bought by the Chicago Park District in 1975, this historic building was restored as a historic landmark after a massive community campaign led by the Chicago Park District and historic preservationists. South Shore Cultural Center totals 64.50 acres. With its magnificent country club-like interior,this facility features a solarium, formal dining hall, Paul Robeson Theater, Washburne Culinary Institute, and the Parrot Cage Restaurant. Green features of the park include a nature sanctuary and a butterfly garden. Outside, the park offers a nine-hole golf course, beach, and open spaces for picnics and walks. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our solarium, dining room, theater, and fields. Park-goers can participate in variety of cultural programs and classes for all ages in dance, music, art, health, culinary arts, fitness, and more. South Shore has recently added new adult art classes including textile art, drawing & painting, mixed media art, and ceramics. 

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, South Shore Cultural Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

South Shore Cultural Center Arts Partners:

As the gem of the South Lakefront, South Shore Cultural Center is proud to offer a variety of culturally rich programs to the surrounding community. These programs would not be possible without the successful partnerships that have been nurtured with the following organizations. For more information about these partnerships and programs, call the South Shore Cultural Center.

Country Western Line Dance: (773.933.1951), Triple H. Productions: (773) 768-6276, Steppin: National Steppers Society, (312) 259-1443, Ballet & Jazz: Iona Calhoun, (312) 493-5698,       Hatha Yoga: Jamila Onyeali, (773) 493-4840 - Sheelah Muhammad, (773) 752-5289, Ceramics: Talonna Sharp, (773) 256-0946, Chicago Music Association Branch No. 1: Barbara Wright-Pryor, (773) 721-3210,  Cooking classes: Washburne Culinary Institute, (773) 602-5487 

South Shore Beach is part of the South Shore Cultural Center, which is considered to be the jewel of the neighborhood. The site is a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a pool, and an elaborate, refurbished clubhouse. The clubhouse is surrounded by the golf course, and sits back from the beach area. The site also has a circular beach house with concessions, restrooms, and showers, and it is located just to the east of the clubhouse on the beach. As of 2001, South Shore also has its own Nature Sanctuary, and visitors can walk along a boardwalk near the beach, and observe the emerging sand dunes, a small wetland, prairie landscape, and a variety of wildlife in the area.
The South Shore Cultural Center, a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a bathing beach, and an impressive building, originated as the South Shore Country Club. In 1905, Lawrence Heyworth, president of the downtown Chicago Athletic Club, envisioned an exclusive club with a "country setting." Heyworth selected unimproved south lakefront property, often used for fishing and duck hunting, for the new country club.

The club's directors hired architects Marshall and Fox, later known for designing many of Chicago's most luxurious hotel and apartment buildings, including the Drake Hotel. For inspiration, Heyworth provided a photograph of an old private club in Mexico City, but asked the architects to exclude expensive embellishments. As the club could not yet collect dues, work had to proceed quickly and inexpensively. To this end, members Marshall Field and A. Montgomery Ward lent their store delivery wagons to transport turf, sod, and trees. Mr. Worcester, Vice-President of the Peoples Gas Company, put in lighting for the grounds and clubhouse.

Enjoying immediate success and social importance, South Shore Country Club quickly outgrew its facilities. Marshall and Fox were hired to build a new clubhouse, incorporating the original ballroom. Constructed in 1916, the larger and more substantial reinforced concrete building, like the original, was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style. The country club's membership peaked in the late 1950s. Simultaneously, many African-Americans began settling in South Shore. Because the private club excluded black members, it went out of business in the 1970s.

In 1974, the Chicago Park District purchased the property to expand its lakefront facilities. The park district planned to demolish the severely-deteriorated clubhouse. However, community members rallied together to save the historic building. Rehabilitating the clubhouse as a cultural center in the late 1970s, the park district has since restored other historic features including the front colonnade, entry gate and stables.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.